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Boston music news: August 1, 2008

Notes on the Living Sea, Hangman's Alphabet, and the Luxury
Two promising local indie-rock up-and-comers have up and come out with new CDs for your enjoyment.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  July 29, 2008


Out of Africa

Extra Golden swipe their visas
Writing about Extra Golden, you’re tempted to focus on the novelty: two indie-rock dudes taking off to Nairobi to jam with a pair of benga masters sounds like the premise for some awful Jack Black movie. (Please don’t please don’t.)
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  July 22, 2008


Boston music news: July 25, 2008

Notes on the Rock for Health benefit at Lily Pad
If you’re one of the many local rockers terrified of pulling some hype splits on stage for lack of proper health care, first of all: you pussy!
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  July 22, 2008


Times a' changed

The 2008 Newport Folk Fest mixes it up
Ever since Dylan plugged in (gasp!), the Newport Folk Festival has preserved a noble tradition of ignoring what folk is supposed to be in favor of defining the stuff for itself.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  July 22, 2008


Vital signs

ArtBeat 2008 hits Davis Square
Since 2002, the ArtBeat Festival has been giving culture-hungry Davis Square denizens something to do on the weekend besides glower at one another at the Diesel.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  July 15, 2008


Boston music news: July 18, 2008

Notes on Passion Pit and the Serious Geniuses
Hooray, Passion Pit!
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  July 15, 2008


Let it all hang out

Underbear at the Alley
It’s hard to feel too threatened by an IT administrator in SpongeBob boxers sipping a Long Island iced tea through a stir straw.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  July 08, 2008


Four play

A little beast at the Middle East                    
There’s a ton of imagination and energy at work in town redefining (for the umpteenth time) what Boston sounds like.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  July 08, 2008


Hercules and Love Affair

Hercules and Love Affair | Mute/DFA
If anything, the rotating cast of vocalists and the Saturday-night spirit of the instrumentation are together more welcoming than anything the DFA has dropped in years.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  July 08, 2008


Boston music news: July 4, 2008

Notes on Birds and Batteries, Perennials, and the F Yeah Tour
Three or so years ago, Mike Sempert up and moved to San Francisco, taking his creative moniker Birds and Batteries with him.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  July 02, 2008


Ponies in the Surf

See You Happy | Darla
It’s high time the Ponies were recognized for the perfect-pop juggernaut (however gentle) they are.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  June 24, 2008


Boston music news: June 20, 2008

Notes on the 15th anniversary of Toad and more
My, what a busy week! Especially if you want new CDs.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  June 17, 2008


J.P. to the rescue!

The Milky Way reaches out to China
This Tuesday, June 24, the musical mayor of JP, Rick Berlin, hosts a benefit for the victims of the earthquake in China.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  June 17, 2008


Gay bash

True Colors Tour at Bank Of America Pavilion, May 31 2008
I had that same feeling I always get at the end of big gay happenings: how far we’ve come. How good that is. And how did I spend $90?
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  June 03, 2008


Twee shall overcome

Pants Yell! charm by association
For the young and the listless, the city is more than some bland post-graduate inevitability — the place you go when you’re not already there.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  June 04, 2008


He loves the ’80s

M83 recaptures your youth
“My relationship to the music of the ’80s is very genuine. There’s no irony to it.”
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 28, 2008


New moon

Everybody stop saying the Milky Way is closing
They blew down our Deli Haus, plucked our Lily’s, changed our Channel, exterminated our Rat, death-rayed our Man Ray, and (uh . . . ) union-busted our Local 186.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 13, 2008


Family joules

The boundless energy of Ho-Ag & friends
Ho-Agulations are in order.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 12, 2008


Boston music news: May 16, 2008

Notes on Thrones, Uh Huh Her, and Comma
Head to P.A.’s Lounge nice and early on May 17 for the sleeper guitar show of the year.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 13, 2008


Procrastination proto-hop

Yea Big D and Kid Static want you to fail your classes
This Sunday, a shitload of important reading-period assignments will go seriously undone at Tufts, when Chicagoan proto-hop masterminds Yea Big and Kid Static roll up on campus.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 06, 2008
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